The photo was taken inside the temple of Luxor, in the large open peristyle court erected by Ramesses II (he reigned between 1279-1212 BC). Both colossal statues (made of black granite) represents Ramesses II seated on the throne flanking the entranceway to the 18th Dynasty processional colonnade that lies beyond. Amenhotep III laid the foundations of the colonnade and was later finished and decorated by the pharaohs Tutankhamun, Ay and Horemheb. The Luxor temple was called by the ancient egyptians the "southern sanctuary" and was linked by a processional way with the temple of Amun at Karnak.
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aznegrao (10316) 2004-10-23 7:34
Gosto muito do misticismo que o enquadramento e a iluminação transmitem. Otimo trabalho Christian.
nomaD (341) 2004-10-23 8:17
Superb clarity and color. Wonderfully taken.
Aegean (2571) 2004-10-23 8:59
Ohhhhhh this tripod Christian...If you knew how many times I did regeret that I did not have it with me...One more time now looking at your magnificent night shot! i love the different colors due the various light sources here. The composition and DOF are really excellent!
jbweasle (9393) 2004-10-23 10:31
Great colours and very sharp. I can really see the detail in the stonework. I must go there one day.
bibiweb (8) 2004-10-23 11:22
When I see this shot I am happy that I bought a tripod yesterday (I am going to Egypt next month) ;-)
You have a beautiful light here Christian and the sharpness is amazing. Hope I can do as well when I am there.
bpelvan (3798) 2004-10-23 11:25
As George said "...this tripod..". whenever I attempt to take it with me, I feel, as if, everybody is gonna look at me and this makes me feel uncomfortable.
This is a perfect night shot Christian. Also it's very sharp and well cropped. The angle you choose works very fine here by showing the two big statues.
Well done and thanks for sharing...
PixelTerror (0) 2004-10-23 12:55
Hi Christian beautiful night shot where the column trace a diaagonal and reveal an excellent depth, whole pic strong on the yellow side probably due to lightning, I like it it transmits a quite mysterious atmosphere
pamastro (7290) 2004-10-24 0:30
Another excellent photograph of the ruins here. It again has a very cinematic feel to it. The ruins are really well lit to help in this effect. And you managed the lighting beautifully. Excellent perspective and pattern of the columns. The shadows add an even further sense of drama to the scene. Great job!
pulezan (841) 2004-10-24 13:01
Nothing more to say than - excellent! Looking at your pictures I regret to not have seen the temple at night :( Will be for the next time. The light and colours tone are great.
Mrgud (0) 2004-10-24 19:07
Wonderful managed compo and technically excellent made photo! Level of sharp is beautiful and pulls out all fine details of this ancient artwork! I love this image! :)
paido (944) 2004-10-26 12:49
Wonderfull colors, you've did a great use of repetition with the pillars.
I suggest to focus more on the statue on the right, cornered by the pillars on the left.
I'll try a workshop later.
nwoehnl (122) 2004-10-28 14:17
Now this one came out great, Christian. With 15 secs exposure it could only be good - the details are rendered amazingly sharp, and I also like the framing you found for this one, with the pillars of the temple establishing a fine diagonal perspective towards the back. The play of shadows on the walls is also exquisite. Very good.
colinbrenchley (6431) 2004-10-31 15:09
The exposure and definition is superb. well executed with no reciprocity failure visible.
I am going to Egypt next February so have been looking at images from Egypt of which you have captured some really good shots. They help other to appreciate what can be acheived.
alimo3 (6854) 2004-11-10 18:44
one more very inpressive Egyptien picture from you. !
verty nice composition and light.
maybe colors are a little geen ...
lucinka (9976) 2004-11-13 10:09
Christian, this is very strong and very magical picture. Photos of egypt are all around us and it is not easy to come with outstanding photo. You managed very well. Very good work. L.
Jeppe (18654) 2004-11-13 18:10
Wow - very excellent capture you got here Christian - The compostion and angle great to watch and the fine soft ligt makes the statue alive - thanks a lot for this great view.
jpages (1670) 2004-11-23 20:20
Beautiful night view of this spectacular temple of Luxor, Christian.
Very good definition of both statues, specially the right one, and the columns. I like the light and the black sky, sometimes difficult to obtain (so black), in this kind of shot.
I've surprise because you used 15 seconds to do it.
I did some night pictures in the temple of Kom Ombo, but using 4 seconds, and I think I used f/11 too, and the light of the stones of my shots seems more brigth than yours, but only with 1/4 of your time.
HOBO (5282) 2004-12-16 2:23
An outstanding nightshot, Christian. Sharpness and contrast are excellent. Columns leading to the statue - super!
As you stayed in Theban, have a look on " The Valley Of The Kings "
alford (3981) 2004-12-17 1:33
Amazing shot, Christian! I'm impressed with how you made use of the light and its effects. The colors are wonderful; the posts are so real, the cracks/damages and texture of the walls are so sharp/clear! And very informative notes! Great shot! Thanks for sharing. rgds.
vascao (192) 2004-12-19 19:46
Another magnificent, grandiose picture. You have managed well the lighting to get these marvelous effects.
- Copyright: Christian Stocker (ChristianS) (2997)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-01-00
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: Nikon F100, AF Nikkor 80-200 mm f/2.8 D, Fuji Velvia 50
- Exposure: f/11, 15 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Egypt, Ballades nocturnes, Nightshot, Columns, World Heritage Sites Part VII [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-10-23 7:16
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